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Hello could somebody please let me know what plant these gorgeous firey orange flowers belong to?

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    I found the plant in my allotment, as you can see, its quite latge but has lots of buds just waiting to bloom!

    Would I be able to dig up some of the plant to replant in my garden at home? Or would it be possible to take a cutting to grow on?

    Thank-you,

  • Also, pic at the top shows the few buds that have flowered so far, have tiny black insects covering them, will rose gun clear kill these off?

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Crocosmia, it can be a bit of a thug, think carefully before you plant it in your garden.

    I've been digging it out of the borders for the past few years but it still pops up every summer. I kept a clump but put it in a pot to keep under control.

    It's very easy to transplant, just dig up a clump, it grows from little corms and these sometimes drop off and get left behind (that's why it's hard to clear).

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    PS. The black bugs look like aphids. I squish them off by hand or you can blast them off with a strong burst of water from your hose. No need for chemicals.

  • Thank-you, Kitty 2! I did wonder if this was a weed-type plant but just with pretty flowers as it's all I seem to have unveiled at the allotment so far! Its an overgrown mess with them spiky weeds that are meters long growing over, under and around everything image !

    I may just leave the plant where it is and bring the cut flowers home for a vase, they're very lovely and bright!

    I definately don't want the whole plant, it's huge! But it wouldn't matter if the plant was slightly broken whilr I dug a section up to re-pot?

    Ahhh, the green aphids loved my rose plant for a while but the spray seems to have killed them off thankfully!

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    You'll do no harm to the main clump by digging out a chunk (it's pretty indestructible for me).

    If you want one for home consider getting some "crocosmia Lucifer". It doesn't spread like the common orange one.

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    I got this bit from a lady around the corner last year. She likes a nosey in my front garden when she's walking her dogs and spotted me digging out more of the orange ones, she kindly offered me a bit and it's coming along nicely. image

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